An excerpt of Dentons’ Political Law Playbook.
P.G. Sittenfeld Trial May Expose Political Corruption in Campaign Fundraising – In November 2020, FBI agents arrested Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld in conjunction with criminal charges alleging six different instances of political corruption. Nearly two years later, his trial begins in Cincinnati’s US District Court. While the heart of the trial will focus on whether Sittenfeld traded “official acts” facilitating the development of a local economic development project in exchange for $40,000 in donations to an affiliated PAC, many ethics advocates in Ohio and beyond believe the trial may more broadly highlight the corrupting influence of pay to play politics in local government. While the FBI has cast a wide net in their public corruption probe in Cincinnati, is has yet to be determined what the trial will reveal about the scope of the surrounding investigation.
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